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Mugabe, Africa’s longest serving president announces retirement

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In a move which many didn’t see coming, Africa’s longest serving President Robert Mugabe has announced he will retire from public office after initially maintaining that he would die in office.

Mugabe made the declaration while addressing a group of war veterans at the weekend. He admitted that the country’s economy is crumbling and said he would retire.

The ageing leader told “war collaborators” that he believes he had now “defeated the British and Americans and that he understood times were difficult in Zimbabwe.

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The 92-year-old Mugabe who has ruled Zimbabwe for the past 36 years after he came to power after the country gained independence, in a separate speech while addressing thousands of Zimbabweans who rallied to support him, also said; “As long as the party says continue, I continue…If I still have the energy, I still have the life, the blessings of God, I will continue”.

But according to a Harare-based financial analyst; “There was a time, some years ago, when Zimbabwe seemed important, that it could be a powerhouse in the region, but that moment has long gone, and now it is hard to find anyone who can forecast how it can repay its debts even with a new leadership, let alone attract foreign investment”.

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